UnBooks:Bloopy's Pirate Dictionary

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edit English

edit A

Abaft
On or to the aft.
Ahoy
A call used in hailing or greeting people.
Arrr
An interjection used by pirates. Also: Yarrr.
Athwartships
Across the ship, at right angles to the keel or centreline of the boat.
Avast
Stop, halt.
Aye
Yes.

edit B

Be
Used instead of "am" or "are", ex. "They be", "I be", "You be", etc.
Belay
To delay or stop doing something, used as a command.
Belay pin
A large pin used to secure running rigging on a ship and also useful as a club for fighting.
Bilge Rat
Rats found in the often filthy bottom of a ship, also used as an insult.
Binnacle
A box or case which houses the compass upon the deck.
Bitter End
The last part of a rope or last link in a chain.
Blackjack
A black and white Jolly Roger flag.
Black Jack
Large drinking cups made of leather and stiffened with tar.
Black Spot
A death threat.
Boo Box
Chest where pirates that make mistakes get sent.
Booty
Goods or treasure seized from victims or the enemy. Also loot, plunder, spoils.
Boucan
A knife used by buccaneers, mainly for hunting.
Bounty
The reward offered for the capture of a pirate or criminal.
Buccaneer
Pirates based in the Caribbean.
Bumboo
A drink of the West Indies made with watered rum and flavored with sugar and nutmeg.
By the Powers!
An exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island.

edit C

Cackle Fruit
Chicken eggs.
Captain Of The Head
The person who gets toilet cleaning duty.
Careen
To turn a ship on its side (possibly on a beach) for cleaning or repairs.
Cat O' Nine Tails
A whip with nine knotted cords attached to a handle. It got its name from the scratch-like marks which it left on one's back.
Chain Shot
Two cannonballs connected by a chain and fired.
Clap Of Thunder
A strong drink.
Commandeer
To steal or take command of a ship.
Commission
A government's payment to a privateer for attacking and plundering an opposing country's ships.
Corsair
A privateer who operated in the Mediterranean.
Crows' nest
A small platform at or near the top of a mast. Used by a look out for land or other ships and flags carried on a ship.
Crusadoes
Portuguese coin.
Cutlass
A short sword used for cutting not just enemies, but also ropes and so on.
Cutthroat
A ruthless pirate with few loyalties.

edit D

Daalder
Dutch coin.
Davy Jones
Said to be an evil fiend who presides over all evil spirits of the deep.
Davy Jones' Locker
The bottom of the ocean, where dead pirates go.
Deniers
French coin.
Derelict
An abandonded ship at sea.
Doubloons
Spanish coin.
Dredgie
A ghost of a pirate, dead by betrayal.
Drivelswigger
Someone who speaks too many nautical terms.
Ducat
Danish coin.
Dungbie
Rear end.

edit F

Fiddler's Green
The sailor heaven where pirates be goin' when they die.
Filibuster
Another name for a buccaneer.
Flotsam
Floating remnants of a shipwreck.
Freebooter
Another name for a pirate or buccaneer.
Furner
A ship which be yer own, not one ye steal an' plunder.

edit G

Gibbet
Public gallows used for displaying hanged criminals, including pirates.
Gilguy
A term used to describe an object for which the correct name has been forgotten.
Glory Hole
Steward's Quarters.
Grog
Used to describe any beverage, usually alcoholic, but often one made from rum, water, and perhaps lime juice.
Guineas
English coin.
Gully
A big knife with numerous uses on board a ship, and often handy during mutinies.

edit H

Hang The Jib
To look ill-tempered or annoyed.
Hardtack
A hard, stale biscuit eaten onboard ships.
Head
A ship's toilet or washroom.
Hempen Halter
A noose used to hang someone.
Hogshead
A large barrel or cask, usually holding some alcoholic drink.
Holy Stone
A sandstone used to scrub the deck.
Hornswoggle
To cheat or defraud. Sometimes spelt Hornswaggle.

edit I

Ilanun Pirates
Pirates of the Philippines.

edit J

Jack
A flag or a sailor
Jack O' Coins
The paymaster or quartermaster.
Jack O' Cups
The first mate.
Jack O' Staves
The first lieutenant.
Jack O' Swords
The bosun (boatswain).
Jacob's Ladder
A rope ladder hung down the side of a ship.
Jetsam
Objects thrown overboard to lighten a ship when it is in trouble.
Jettison
To throw goods overboard.
Jolly Roger
A pirate flag with a skeleton or skull and cross-bones.
Jub
Short for landlubber.

edit K

Kaper
A Dutch pirate.
Keelhaul
A form of punishment where the victim was attached to a rope and hauled under the keel of a ship, dragging them down under one side and up the other.

edit L

Landlubber
Someone who is clumsy and awkward at sea and prefers staying on land.
Lass
A woman, usually a young or fair woman.
Lily Livered
A coward.
Limeys
A derogatory or humourous term used to describe sailors, because they drank lime juice to prevent scurvy.
Loot
Stolen goods or treasure.
Louis D'or
French coin.

edit M

Marlinspike
A tool similar to an ice pick and used to separate strands of rope. Also a popular weapon among mutineers.
Maroon
To leave someone stranded, usually on a desert island.
Matey
A shipmate or a friend.
Me
My.
Me hearty
A friend or shipmate.
Messdeck Lawyer
A know-it-all.
Moidore
A Portuguese coin.
Monkey
A small cannon.
Mutiny
When the crew rises up against the authority onboard a ship and takes control.

edit P

Picaroon
A rascal, or humourous name for a pirate.
Piece Of Eight
A type of Spanish coin.
Pillage
To seize goods, usually from a merchant ship.
Pirate
Someone who raids a merchant ship, or the act of doing so.
Plunder
The act of stealing goods from a merchant ship, or the actual goods stolen.
Powder Monkey
The boy who brings the gunpowder to the gunner.
Privateer
A pirate or ship endorsed by a particular country's government.
Prize
An enemy ship captured in battle.

edit Q

Quarter
Mercy granted on condition of surrender.

edit S

Salmagundi
A meal made from whatever meats, fish, vegetables, spices, etc. are available.
Scallywag
A deceitful or unreliable person.
Scurvy
A disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, often due to long trips at sea. Also used to describe someone in an insulting or humourous way.
Scuttle
To sink a ship on purpose.
Scuttle Butt
A far-fetched or untrue story.
Sea Dog
An old sailor.
Sea Lawyer
A seaman who is prone to argue a lot.
Shanghaied
Kidnapped and usually forced to work on a ship. Named after people's experiences of waking up and finding themselves in Shanghai.
Six-pounders
Cannons.
Smartly
Quickly.
Sprogs
Untrained recruits or children.
Squiffy
A buffoon, drunk, or idiot.
Swabbie
A person who mops the decks using a swab (a mop made from rope threads).
Swashbuckle
To act as a swashbuckler, or to have a sword fight.
Swashbuckler
A sword-wielding ruffian or bully, named for the sound of swords clashing.

edit T

Thar
There.
The Flying Dutchman
A legendary ghost ship said to be doomed to sail the seven seas forever.
Turn turtle
To capsize.

edit W

Walk the plank
To be forced, usually by pirates, to walk out along a plank extended from the side of a ship, until falling in the sea.
Wench
A woman of ill repute, a woman of no use or a disagreeable woman.
Wi' a wannion
With a curse, or with a vengeance.

edit Y

Ye
You.
Yellow Jack
A flag used to indicate an illness aboard a ship.
Yo-ho-ho
Meaningless saying used by pirates, most likely when singing or drunk.

edit Phrases

Dance the hempen jig.
To be hanged.
Dead men tell no tales.
Killing someone is the best way to keep secrets.
I'll see you to Davy Jones.
A threat to kill someone.
Loaded to the gunwales. (pron. gunnels)
Drunk.
Shiver me timbers!
An expression of shock or disbelief.
Splice the mainbrace.
To have a drink or three.
Swing the lead.
To be slacking off or lazy.
To be in Davy's Grip.
To be close to death or frightened.
To be on the account/to go on the account.
To be a pirate.
To dance with Jack Ketch.
To be executed.
To have the Davys (or the Joneseys).
To be frightened.
To take a caulk.
To take a nap.
With a will.
To perform a task with urgency.

edit German

edit L

Landratten
Landlubbers, land rats.

edit Spanish

edit Phrases

No hay Moros a la costa.
The coast is clear.


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